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Tourist perceptions of extreme weather events in Martinique
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9207
2012 (English)In: Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, ISSN 2212-571X, Vol. 1, no 1-2, p. 47-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Climate change is expected to lead to an increase in extreme weather situations, such as storms, heat waves or intense and prolonged rainfall. This paper explores in situ tourist perceptions of an extreme weather situation in the Caribbean island of Martinique. In a situation of prolonged, heavy rains in what is usually the dry season in April/May, a study was conducted including 240 questionnaires and 28 semi-structured interviews. Results indicate that tourists have a predetermined understanding of local climate conditions, which in the case of repeat visitors is also based on previous in-situ experiences. Frequent and intense rains as experienced by the tourists during the survey period are largely in conflict with weather expectations, but (largely negative) perceptions are negotiated in relation to a range of aspects, such as travel motives, explanatory information about the events, and climate change. Findings are discussed with regard to their implications for demand responses and travel behavior.

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2012. Vol. 1, no 1-2, p. 47-55
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Economic Geography Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24065DOI: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2012.09.003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84873482363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-24065DiVA, id: diva2:603140
Available from: 2013-02-05 Created: 2013-02-05 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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